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Springtime is strawberry time in Japan

In Japan, strawberry picking is a popular spring activity. When the fruits become ready to pick in early January, many families flock to...
Visitors to the Naeba Prince Hotel in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, try out virtual-reality skiing. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Naeba hotel a great base for skiing — even if you don’t spend the night

At Naeba Prince Hotel — nestled in Japan’s third-largest ski area about two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo — it’s easy to imagine you’re...

Base-by-Base breakdown of taking train in Japan

Unless you are on Okinawa, you’ll likely find the U.S. military base you are assigned to in Japan is somewhat out of the way of the big-city...

LITTLE OKINAWA: Tokyo town will give you taste of island

There is no towering Ryukyu gate. There are no ‘shisa’ lion statutes standing guard. Just a few Okinawan restaurants and grocers scattered amid...

Road trippin' in Japan

Travelogue: Tokyo to Misawa via open road

An eight-hour road trip covering 400 miles from Tokyo to Misawa Air Base offers...

Discover the hidden islands of Tokyo

Swimming in crystal clear sea water in a hidden cove, hiking through an untouched forest and watching spectacular stars shoot through the evening...

Photos by Norio Muroi

Tokyo Disney marks 35th year with special shows, events

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Tokyo Disney Resort has some special events and attractions lined up for what it is calling the “Happiest...

2 affordable options when staying in Tokyo

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Staying overnight in Tokyo is not cheap. Even the most inexpensive hotels in Tokyo cost hundreds of dollars per...
Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

Three days in Shiga Prefecture: Take an adventure through rural, traditional Japan

In September, my wife and I set aside three days in Shiga Prefecture for a adventure into rural, traditional Japan through with tour guides...

United Airlines to add 20 flights during peak summer season

A total of 20 additional flights from Tokyo/Narita and Nagoya to Guam to run from August 2 to 27, 2018....

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